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The Shadowy Horses Audiobook

The Shadowy Horses

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Publisher's Summary

With its dark legends and passionate history, the windswept shores of Scotland are an archaeologist's dream. Verity Grey is thrilled by the challenge of uncovering an ancient Roman campsite in a small Scottish village. But as soon as she arrives, she sense danger in the air. Her eccentric boss, Peter Quinnell, has spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion and is convinced he's finally found it - not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has 'seen' a Roman soldier walking in the fields, a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead comrades. Surprisingly, Verity believes in Peter, and the boy, and even in the Sentinel, who seems determined to become her own protector... but from what?

©2009 Susanna Kearsley (P)2011 Oakhill Publishing Limited

What the Critics Say

"Susanna Kearsley's best book... A brilliant book!" (thebookseller.com)

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    Natasha 02-18-14
    Natasha 02-18-14 Member Since 2002
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    "An engaging story"

    Susana Kearsley is one of my favourite authors. The reader has a beautiful voice and I loved her delivery; she could read anything and make it sound lovely.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Oshawa, ON, Canada 04-04-12
    Colleen Oshawa, ON, Canada 04-04-12
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    "I never tire of anything by Susanna Kearsley"

    Once again another beautifully told love story. Sally Armstrong captures her characters personalities well. Susanna catches you up the the romance without you realizing it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    laura 03-02-15
    laura 03-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A great listen and great story"

    Loved the narrator. I loved her character voices. A great story easy to follow and kept my interest till the end.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Mortimer 02-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The accent of narrative is delightful."

    The use of local dialect is really fun and interesting. Fun to listen to and keeps you entertained.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Marietta, GA, United States 06-19-15
    Linda Marietta, GA, United States 06-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable read."

    Liked this book very much. Narration pleasant, story held my interest. Would recommend if interested in Scottish tales.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rose Mary Smith 05-30-15

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    "Loved the little guy!"

    Loved the premise. Loved the story and the performance. Could have made the different characters more distinct and the impending peril more dangerous or pulled us into it more. Absolutely loved little Robbie, though.

    Some nice plot twists.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Somerset, NJ, United States 02-25-15
    Maria Somerset, NJ, United States 02-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    ""Roman"-tic!!!"

    Great book? Thank you, once again, Susann K for a wonderfully romantic novel with a twist!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tome Collector 01-18-16
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    "I really like this author..."
    Where does The Shadowy Horses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks pretty high, though I liked two other books by this author a bit more (Winter Sea and The Rose Garden). I'd probably rate this book PG-13 (for the parents out there) due to occasional strong language and suggestive scenes... It may not be a young adult book, but I wouldn't hesitate to let a mature young person read my copy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadowy Horses?

    I liked the scene where the boy's father was knocked flat! I think I shouted "HA!"


    Which character – as performed by Sally Armstrong – was your favorite?

    I liked David best... Not sure why, and I'm not sure if it was more the narrator or the author. The author did a very good job, but the editing lacked something, as you could hear the narrator breathe and swallow throughout much of the book. It was distracting and I had to actively ignore it. Toward the end of the book, it wasn't as noticeable, and I'm not sure if that was due to my active ignoring or the narrator's deliberate attempts, or just from a later editing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't know about extreme, though I did find much humor in this one. I have been decidedly working my way through the author's books ever since I read the Winter Sea a couple of weeks ago. I should have discovered Ms. Kearsley *years* ago!


    Any additional comments?

    To quote Miss Prism, "The good end happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means."--Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    WendyA 04-10-15
    WendyA 04-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not the quality of Kearsley, but not bad either"

    This book did not quite live up to the quality of Susanna Kearsley's other books, but it was satisfying. It took a long time to get going, spending a lot of time on descriptions and the main characters thoughts. It would touch on the mystery occasionally but then move on to another subplot quickly. As frustrating as this was, it did keep me guessing who the "bad guy" would be. I was about an hour from finishing it and wondering if the story would resolve itself at all. That said, I still binge – listened to the book. I very much enjoyed getting to know the characters, especially Peter, and the archaeological and historical information was interesting. To those debating on whether to spend a credit on this book, it wasn't Kearsley's best, but I don't regret spending the credit.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Charlene 07-23-15
    Charlene 07-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent read, wonderful storyline"

    The only problem, the villain was a little bit far-fetched… It was a little predictable in that space, but still excellent read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Simon
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    "A nice story that waltzes along at a pleasant pace"

    I love Susanna's story's although they don't get as higher ratings as I think they should. These are not fast paced books, if you want fast paced, look else where. Susanna's writing is a slow build up with low level suspense and an under lying romance.
    You can read these stories in the certain knowledge that there will be nothing offensive, nothing too frightening and nothing too exciting. I love her writing. This is what I call proper mood writing.
    With her vivid description, Susanna captivates me and takes me to a dull damp rainy meadow in the Scottish countryside with the wind blowing a gale, where I am scrabbling around in the bottom of an excavation feeling the cold penetrate my bones. Or into a creepy manner house with candles and creaky floorboards and a roaring fire in the hearth where I am sipping brandy with a grandfather character.
    If you are a fan of good writing literary descriptions and not desperate for the instant fix of fast paced drama/sci-fi/thrillers then Susanna's writing will probably suit you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Irene
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    4/18/12
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    "The Shadowy Horses"

    This is the worst book I have had from Audible. Only managed to get half way through. At least I fell adleep quickly at night when listening to it. Just did not have any appeal for me.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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